Sunday, December 11, 2011

Adventurous Trio

Back in August, while Daddy was a work the three of us decided to go on an adventure.  We gathered a few cans of food to donate for a free ride on the new TRAX line and headed on our way.  Savanna was stoked to get to ride a train and I was stoked to get out of the house for a bit.
 Hunter was just along for a good cuddle...this was him about 90% of the time, snoozing away.
 As soon as we pulled away from the station, Savanna was glued to the world through her window.  She was mesmorized by everything speeding by.
 I had a hard time getting her attention long enough for a picture.
 When we headed back to the station, we decided to hit up a dollar movie since the day had been such a breeze.  This is Savanna right after I told her we were going to see a movie.  Looks like a "I'm-going-to-be-on-my-best-behavior" face.
We saw "Rio" and loved the music, colors and thought of our favorite uncle/brother, Garrett, the whole time. (The movie takes place in  Brazil where Garrett is serving a mission)  It was a fun day, but we were exhausted when we got home!
All in all, a fun memory for Savanna, Hunter and myself! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Milestones - Hunter

Hunter has had his fair share of milestones too! We can hardly believe it's been six weeks since his arrival. He is handsome, cuddly and oh so sweet. He had a rough start with eating in the beginning but we've finally got that issue sorted out and now he is packing on the pounds.

At one month he weighed 10 pounds 13 ounces...up two pound, 10 ounces in four short weeks!

~Here he is just three days old~

(note the "finger wrapped around the nose" thing...his dad and sister do the same thing!)

~Two weeks old~
~Three weeks old~

~Savanna insists on being a few short inches from Hunter's face when he's got his eyes tends to give Mom & Dad anxiety~

Hunter has created his own little schedule and we're not complaining, as long as he's awake during the day and not at night we're all happy!

He also quite enjoys tummy time. In fact, he's definitely going to be our stomach sleeper...we can't keep him awake when we do tummy time.

One month down...eternity to go. We love you!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Milestones - Savanna

We've been knee-deep in adventures in our house, especially finding our new family rhythm with the addition of Hunter to the mix. We've all fared surprisingly well, in particular, Savanna's been a TROOPER! She not only has stepped up to the plate in the role of "big sister", but she's also managed to amaze us with a new major milestone. She can swim! The first swim trip of the season she impressed us all with being able to stay afloat and maneuver around the pool all by herself (with the help of her trusty floaties). Although it makes us a little nervous that she is so confident to swim by herself, we are proud as can be for her milestone!

She's all smiles with her new found freedom in the pool.

We're proud of you, Nanna!

{posts of both kiddies to come soon!}

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

He's Here!


Hunter James Hardcastle

born June 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

8 pounds 3 ounces, 19.5 inches

Here we are...officially a family of four! We can hardly believe it!

Savanna is already in love with Hunter. She loves watching over him and playing with his hair.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Drumroll please...

We are beyond excited for this little BOY to come! JI is especially thrilled to get some equality in our little family. Today marks the halfway, if only we could make time move faster!
We told Savanna that she was going to have a little brother and without skipping a beat she said, "No mom, a sister." I then proceeded to show her a picture of her new baby boy cousin. In this picture he had some spit bubbles on his mouth. I told her this is a baby boy and she would have a baby boy brother. She looked at the picture, crinkled her nose and said, "Ew, gross. Brothers gross." We're hoping she was grossed out by the spit bubbles more than the boy. Oh boy...we are in for an adventure!

Saturday, January 29, 2011


It's probably no surprise by now...many of you already know, but we are expecting baby #2 in June!
On Thanksgiving, Savanna wore her "special" shirt to tell everyone what she was thankful was a fun surprise for everyone to see. I should have gotten a picture of everyone's reaction when Savanna showed off the shirt...priceless! Then, when we returned we had my dad and Kristine over for dinner and we told them the fun news! With JI's parents we took dessert over and had pickles and ice cream. We sure had fun telling everyone!

So far this pregnancy has been completely different than my first. When I was pregnant with Savanna I was sick for about half of the first trimester, had heartburn before I even knew I was pregnant and couldn't eat much beyond cereal and macaroni & cheese. This time around I've had zero heartburn (and I've tested it to the max!), no sickness and no appetite changes. Every time I go to the doctor for a check-up, I'm freaking out that something is wrong because I've been thrown through a loop this time around. We find out the gender of the babe this coming week...and I'd be curious if anyone has any predictions?
Our family is growing and we couldn't be more thrilled!


Do any of you remember the storm that was supposed to end the world just before Thanksgiving? Well, we raced this storm south and luckily stayed ahead of it the whole way. We relaxed and had fun in 55-degree Arizona weather while our Utah friends and family celebrated Turkey Day in a whopping 5 degrees!
We played and had fun catching up with family and we ate and ate and ate. Yum!
Caitlin and Austin were fun partners as we teamed up and teased both Hayley and my mom.
We hit up some Black Friday shopping while we were there too. We got going at 3:45 and got home around 8:30 or so. Hayley and Savanna were troppers...but they were rookies. They passed out as soon as we walked in the door.
Luckily, they recuperated quickly and we were able to get out and enjoy the sunny weather some more! Hayley was Savanna's sidekick the entire time...she even changes a mean diaper! :)
Savanna is still in love with much that she about jumped into this water fountain during lunch.
Saying goodbye was hard as always, but Savanna made it a little sweeter by showering everyone with lots of kisses and hugs.

We couldn't have been more thankful for a tiny get-away spent with family that we don't see all that often. Thanks for the good times. We love you!